Sony Music Nashville has a new artist on its roster: Ryan Hurd has signed with the label's RCA Nashville imprint.

A Michigan native and known songwriter in Nashville, Hurd has earned cuts by Dierks Bentley ("I'll Be the Moon"), the Brothers Osborne ("Greener Pastures"), Tim McGraw ("Last Turn Home") and many more; Blake Shelton's "Lonely Tonight," which Hurd co-wrote with Brent Anderson, earned him nods at the CMA Awards and Grammys, too.

“I’m convinced Ryan Hurd will be one of our new artist breakouts in 2017,” says Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Randy Goodman (quote via MusicRow). “He delivers on every level, from his innovative songwriting to his dynamic live show. I’ve long been a fan of Ryan’s songwriting, and everyone at Sony Music Nashville, particularly RCA, are happy and honored to have the opportunity to work alongside him.”

As an artist, Hurd has released an EP, Hold You Back, which is available on Spotify. He spent part of 2016 on the road with Chase Rice, and will be on tour in 2017 with Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris, his girlfriend.

"Here's to Nashville, country music, and to chasing something just because you know you'll think about it forever if you don't ...," Hurd writes in a lengthy Instagram post celebrating his signing. On Twitter, he adds, "Couldn't be more proud to be a part of @SonyNashville and @RCARecords. This is the only job I've wanted since I was 11, dream come true!"

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